African Academy of Sciences (AAS)
Client : African Academy of Sciences
Date : 07/06/2016
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The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) is a Pan-African organisation headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, that recognises individuals who have reached the highest level of excellence in their field of expertise and have made contributions to the advancement of the field in the continent. These individuals are recognised on merit and designated as Fellows of the Academy.
There are about 350 AAS Fellows and Associate Fellows who are proven science, technology and innovation leaders, policy advisors and thinkers most of whom live and work throughout the continent. The process of recognition begins by nomination of an individual who may be an African who has excelled in his or her field or a non-African who has recognised expertise on Africa.
Relevant specialist committees assess nominees and those that are recommended are subsequently voted in by AAS fellows and finally approved by the Governing Council.
The AAS is the only continental academy in Africa, enjoying the support and recognition of NEPAD and the African Union as well as several governments and major international partners. These bodies also recognise the think-tank functions of the academy and its increasing role in setting the research agenda for the future development of the continent.